Henry A. Raapke (1876-1959), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1908-1959
Henry Raapke, ca. 1939.

Henry Raapke was an architect in Omaha for about 50 years. Born in Nebraska in 1876, he attended grammar school and high school in Omaha, then attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Raapke continued his studies at the Hamburg Trade and Technical School (Baugewerk Schule) in Hamburg, Germany, following which he concluded his formal education with five years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, France. He returned to the United States to work for Thomas Rogers Kimball, but went back to Europe on a study tour from 1906-1908. Upon his return to the United States he opened his own office in Omaha, which he maintained for the better part of the next 38 years. Raapke died on August 30, 1959.[4][5][6]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1908-1959

Educational & Professional Associations

1891-1894: student, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.[5]

1894-1897: student, Hamburg Trade and Technical School (Baugewerk Schule), Hamburg, Germany.[5]

1897-1902: student, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.[5]

1902-1906: Thomas Rogers Kimball, Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

1906-1908: in Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium.[5]

1908-1940: principal, H. A. Raapke, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska. [5]

1939: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, August 8, 1939; A-56.[5]

1942: employed by Metropolitan Scenic Studios, Inc,. Omaha, Nebraska.

1945-1946: principal, H. A. Raapke, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects


R. C. Knox House (1909), 3926 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0319-069)

Emma A. Moore House (1909), 565 S. 36th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0208-012)

Dr. A. F. Jonas residence (1909), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

R. J. Dinning residence (1910), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Nicholas Senn Hospital (1911), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Guy Liggett residence (1912), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Storz Brewing Company Ice House (1912), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][a]

Chulavista Apartments (1912), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

T. Jorgensen Apartment (1912), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Thorvald Apartments, for T. Jorgensen (1912), 1122 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska. [1:159][3] (DO09:0203-010)

Chula Vista Apartments (1912), 2968 Poppleton Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0204-053)

Storz Brewing Company Stock House (1913), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][a]

Independent Realty Company Store and Apartment (1913), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

E. D. Higgens house (1913-1914), 401 S 39th, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:101][2][3][5][a] (DO09:0319-009)

Storz Brewing Company Ice Plant (1914), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][a]

German American Bank (1915), York, Nebraska.[5][a]

Earl K. Buck House (1916-1918), 3920 Dewey Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3][5][a][b] (DO09:0319-007)

Lee-Coit-Andereesen-Holm Company Warehouse (ca. 1916-1917), 819 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska. [1:120][2][3][5][a] (DO09:0068-004)

Henry F. Hamann Store and Apartment (1917), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

E. K. Buck house (1917), 3920 Dewey Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:114]

G. W. Todd residence (1918), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

W. C. Raapke residence (1923), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][9][a] (DO09:0432-018)

Lorraine Apartments (1923), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Warehouse/Garage (1925), 215 N. 12th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0125-023)

House (1926), 665 N. 56th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0436-010)

Ophelia Hayden residence (1926), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a][b]

Omaha Road Equipment Company Warehouse (1926), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][a]

Zella K. Blaha residence (1926), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

John W. Madden residence (1928), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

M. Biemend Theatre (1931), Ord, Nebraska.[5][a]

Fontenelle Brewing Company Stock House (1933), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Falstaff Brewing Corporation Cellar and Bottling House (1936), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][a]

Fontenelle Brewing Company Wash House (1936), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Walter E. Harkert Restaurant (1937), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Fontenelle Brewing Company Stock House (1937), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Muller Theatre (1937), Omaha, Nebraska?.[5][a]

Falstaff Brewing Corporation Malt Bins (1938), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][a]


Storz Brewing Company Bottling House (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][b]

Storz Brewing Company Boiler house (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[5][b]

Doctors Hospital (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Visual Arts

Rosenberg Library Competition (Nebraska State Historical Society)

Ink and ink wash elevation drawing, ca. 1902, Rosenberg Library Competition (1901), Galveston, Texas, while employed by Thomas Rogers Kimball (1862-1934), Architect, architect for the design.[8]


a. Supplementary letter to State Board of Examiners, November 23, 1938.[5]

b. “Report on Standard Examination,” appended to Raapke’s State Board of Examiners file, July, 12, 1946. There is no information included to suggest why Raapke was examined nearly eight years after receiving his license to practice.

c. The Business Sections of the Omaha City Directory gives the dates, 1980-1942_.[7]


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).

2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

3. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

4. “Services Tuesday For H. A. Raapke, Omaha Architect,” Lincoln Star (August 31, 1959), 2:3.

5. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 15, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

6. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Louis Raapke,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

7. A Comprehensive Program for Historic Preservation in Omaha (Omaha: Omaha City Planning Department, 1980), 92-93 (Omaha Directories, Business Section listings).

8. Nebraska State Historical Society Archives, Thomas Rogers Kimball Collection, RG3607. The drawing is signed, "HAR," and is attributed by the editor to Raapke.

9. “Home of Spanish Residence,” Omaha World Herald (February 24, 1924), 20.

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Henry A. Raapke (1876-1959), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 5, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, June 8, 2023.

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